Players deprived of much needed sleep prior to Champions Trophy final

According to reports, players also complained about the defected electricity in their rooms.

Virat Kohli of India
Virat Kohli of India. (Photo by Christopher Lee-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

On the eve of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 grand finale, the players were forced to stay up and were kept away from some much-needed sleep. No, it was not the pressure or the tension of the mega event that took a toll on the players but the air conditioners in their hotel rooms.

The air conditioners were found to be not functioning on a day when the maximum temperature of London the 29-degree Celsius mark and the humidity level was also higher than usual. The technical blunder made the players go through an uneasy time ahead of the big match.


India and Pakistan are scheduled to take on each other in a gruelling battle for the Champions Trophy title today at the Kennington-oval. A victory for India would mark their third Champions Trophy triumph while Pakistan will look to clinch their maiden trophy by spoiling India’s plans.

After completing their final practice sessions and preparing themselves for the ultimate showdown the players had plans of hitting the bed early to get the required amount of rest. But the non-functional AC’s in their rooms came as a surprise and the players were forced to move on to the terrace for some time. Some of the players also chose to go out for a while till the problem was solved.

According to reports, players also complained about the defected electricity in their rooms. The restoring act began quickly and after an hour and 45 minutes everything was put to normal and the issue was solved. The players finally got some much-needed sleep.

India will be facing their arch-rivals Pakistan in the final of an ICC event after 10 long years, the last being the ICC T20 World Cup final in 2007. However, India enjoys a mammoth 13-2 lead against Pakistan when it comes to their head to head record in all ICC events.